Dec 5, 2018   |   Lukas Velush

The key to rolling out Microsoft Teams on home turf: Good governance

Across Microsoft, employees are being moved to Microsoft Teams for all communications. One of the most important elements to ensuring the success of this companywide transition has been the governance framework that comes with Office 365. Microsoft Teams is now the collaboration platform for the company’s 220,000 employees and vendors. With a full set of...

Jan 3, 2018   |   Alejandra Valencia

Getting Microsoft Teams adoption right inside Microsoft

Need to make a call, drop an IM, or have an online meeting? Check. Need to collaborate on a doc? Coauthoring comes automatically. Want to share notes as you brainstorm with your team? A shared OneNote is built in. These features are built into Microsoft Teams, the hub for teamwork in Office 365 which became...

Mar 22, 2017   |   Lukas Velush

One-click marriage: DocuSign and Office 365 make a lasting connection

Signing a contract with DocuSign was the easy part. Microsoft is going paperless, so hitching the company to DocuSign’s electronic signature service made a lot of sense (as did making a DocuSign application available to the more than 1 billion people who use Office 365). The more challenging bit came afterward, when Microsoft asked employees...

Mar 21, 2017   |   Mandy Montano

The new kid in Microsoft Teams

It’s the classic chicken and egg scenario: What comes first, using an application or launching it? For us at Microsoft, the logical order of things is not that simple. When we create new things–things like Microsoft Teams–we are the first to set the path and draw the map, brave explorers in new and exciting territory....

Feb 15, 2017   |   Steve Reay

Brace yourselves—constant innovation is the new normal

I am an IT “old-timer” and proud of it. I started working in IT in 1990 after I left school. I found myself working in a desktop publishing department on an IBM personal computer running a primitive desktop publishing suite, and was hooked from the start on the potential of software. Some four years later...

Feb 14, 2017   |   Kym Lukosky

Office 365 eDiscovery saves Microsoft millions of dollars

As you can imagine, at a global corporation like Microsoft we are subject to many legal discovery requests per year. Before the new set of Office 365 eDiscovery tools was available, we had to manually collect content from a wide variety of sources. Gathering a large volume of content and loading it into an offline...

Feb 2, 2017   |   Lukas Velush

Pushing ahead with Office 365 Enterprise E5

If you’re wondering how to get the most out of the new Office 365 Enterprise E5 suite, look at the way Microsoft employees are using it. “We don’t just make Office 365, we use it every day to empower our own digital transformation,” says Dave O’Hara, CFO of the Microsoft Applications and Services Engineering Group....

Jan 30, 2017   |   Lukas Velush

Carrots not sticks get Microsoft employees to the cloud

Companies getting ready to move their employees to the cloud always have one big question for Microsoft IT – how did you do it for your employees? The secret is candy, and lots of it. Or at least candied carrots. “We used Office 365 and the capabilities there as the carrot to get people into...

Jan 30, 2017   |   J.S. Warnick

IT’s great mindset migration

Jim Adams is a one-man metaphor for the evolution of IT. A 16-year veteran of Microsoft IT, Adams spent years working on a team that ran the Exchange, messaging, and SharePoint services internally for the company. A few years ago, when Microsoft decided to go “all-in” on cloud computing, Adams was asked to migrate those...